Citybiz Interview with Dr. Bradley Schlaggar, President & CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute

Dr. Bradley Schlaggar is the president and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute and holds the Zanvyl Krieger Faculty Endowed Chair at Kennedy Krieger. He is also a professor of neurology and pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins University. Before joining Kennedy Krieger in 2018, Dr. Schlaggar served on the staff and faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for 19 years, including four years as the division head of pediatric and developmental neurology, co-director of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center and neurologist-in-chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Schlaggar has been recognized with numerous awards for research, mentorship, clinical care and community service, including the Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award from the Child Neurology Society, the Norman Geschwind Award for Behavioral Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology, the 2013 E. Mead Johnson Award from the Society for Pediatric Research, and the Frank Hatch Award for Outstanding Community Service from the John Merck Foundation.

Interview questions:

Introduction to Kennedy Krieger Institute | What is the mission and vision for the Kennedy Krieger Institute?

Career | When did you determine that you would become a pediatric neurologist? You spent 19 years at Washington University’s School of Medicine. Tell us about that tenure and the decision to become CEO of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2018.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Today | Can you provide a snapshot of the Kennedy Krieger Institute today? What are the key aspects of your services? How many patients per year? How many students? How many locations?

2018 to 2021 Milestones | What are some of the key milestones since you were appointed CEO?

Telehealth | Tell us how Kennedy Krieger used telehealth before the pandemic and how you see the Institute using telehealth in the future.

2021 Forward |Can you share some of the strategic goals for Kennedy Krieger Institute?

Kennedy Krieger’s Education Programs | How have Kennedy Krieger’s education programs evolved over the years? What is the vision for the Center of Innovation and Leadership in Special Education?

Neurology Technology |Are there any new or pending technological breakthroughs in pediatric neurology that will have a significant impact?

Research | Your research has focused on pediatric movement disorders including Tourette syndrome and development disorders of language and cognition. Can you provide a snapshot of your research.

Community | Can you share with us some of the ways that the work of Kennedy Krieger’s clinicians, researchers and educators translates into locally based efforts, such as the recent vaccine clinics, or even the work that supports families addressing trauma?

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About Kennedy Krieger Institute

Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally known nonprofit organization located in the greater Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region, transforms the lives of more than 25,000 individuals a year through inpatient and outpatient medical, behavioral health and wellness therapies; home and community services; school-based programs; training and education for professionals; and advocacy. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children, adolescents and adults with diseases, disorders and injuries that impact the nervous system, ranging from mild to severe. The Institute is home to a team of investigators who contribute to the understanding of how disorders develop, while at the same time pioneering new interventions and methods of early diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Visit for more information about Kennedy Krieger.

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